Restoring Wetlands: How Difficult It is

Conservation Maven had a post about a study done by University of Illinois researchers, “Study finds post-restoration wetland succession highly variable.” The researchers “found that successional trends vary substantially from one site to another.” What does that mean? It means that “restored” wetlands (usually a site that’s been turned into a wetland to compensate for a wetland that was drained for development) don’t have an entirely predictable pattern of plant succession. In other words, there’s not an easy way to develop a new wetland into a diverse plant community.